What: All Issues : Government Checks on Corporate Power : Utility Industry : S 517. National Energy Plan/Procedural Vote to Defeat an Amendment Designed to Prevent Public Oversight of Electricity Market. (2002 senate Roll Call 49)
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S 517. National Energy Plan/Procedural Vote to Defeat an Amendment Designed to Prevent Public Oversight of Electricity Market.
senate Roll Call 49     Mar 14, 2002
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss
Qualifies as polarizing?
Yes
Is this vote crucial?
Yes

In the Senate's original version of the Bush administration's energy plan, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission--an agency of the federal government--was empowered to oversee the nation's energy system to avoid power failures. Republicans, however, preferred to leave the task largely to private industry and regional reliability boards, and they proposed as much in an amendment to the bill. Democrats, in turn, raised a special point of order allowed when any spending or revenue change would adjust the amount allocated by the committee that wrote the bill. The amendment's supporters needed 60 votes to waive this point of order and permit a vote on the amendment. Progressives--who saw the Republican proposal as a way to avoid serious regulation of the power industry--opposed the waiver. But the waiver received exactly 60 votes, after which the amendment was passed on a voice (unrecorded) vote.

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